Riesling Eden Valley South Australia
The quality of fruit from Pewsey Vale Vineyard, higher up the contours of Eden Valley, is a reflection of altitude and low fertility, grey, sandy loam soils which prolong ripening late into the cool autumn. This longer season develops unique flavour profiles which are classic Pewsey Vale. Contours is Pewsey Vale's flagship, held back for five years under the estate cellars. The grapes themselves are picked from the oldest vines, established to contoured rows in 1962. This exceptional wine already shows signs of bottle development immediately upon release.
The unique clone of Riesling planted at Pewsey Vale in the 1800s can be traced back to some of the original vine cuttings brought into Australia by James Busby. Any new plantings are propagated from the original rootstock. The cooler temperatures found in the Eden Valley encourage a longer ripening period which extends well into autumn, essential for producing superior quality grapes with exceptional flavour and character. Lean and hungry soils limit the vigour of vines, necessitating specialised viticultural management. Block to block variation enables winemakers to select from separate parcels of fruit, tailoring wines to the Pewsey Vale style, ensuring consistency from vintage to vintage.
Light pale straw hue. A hint of toast overlies intense lime and citrus fruit. Citrus does dominate, lime peel and marmalade, finishing with a lemon drop crispness. Clean and dry with refreshing natural acidity, Contours is only just showing the first signs of bottle age after five years. The wine continues to evolve as it unravels layers of complexity, any sweet fruit characters will continue to retain vigour and vitality alongside the toasty, aged qualities.